In suburban Roselle Park in New Jersey, a 911 call advised that smoke was pouring from a car parked on West Lincoln Avenue. The caller said that there was someone inside the vehicle. Police officers Robert Harms, Michael Smith, Jeffery Smith and Avsar Patel arrived minutes later at about 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday to find that the car was burning and filled with black smoke.
In a Facebook statement, police declared "Harms was able to see the silhouette of a head in the driver's seat of the vehicle." Using an axe, Officer Harms smashed a window of the car. Harms and Deputy Fire Chief Steven Thompson reached into the burning car and pulled out the driver who was slumped over the steering wheel. The man initially refused to get out of the car.
As the flame and smoke raged, Harms and Thompson freed the driver of the car with help from the Roselle Park Volunteer Fire Department. A video recorded the action and was posted on Facebook.
According to police, the 42-year-old occupant of the vehicle had a last known address in Everett, Washington state. He was disoriented and appeared to have been sleeping the car and running the engine for extended periods of time. The engine is believed to have overheated. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment